BTCC: 1998 calendar announced

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 5/8/97 TOCA announces provisional dates for 1998 The provisional calendar for next year's Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship is announced today (Tuesday). Britain's premier motor...

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 5/8/97 TOCA announces provisional dates for 1998 The provisional calendar for next year's Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship is announced today (Tuesday). Britain's premier motor sport series will burst back into action at Donington Park on Easter Monday and will, once again, visit all the UK's top race circuits with two meetings at Donington, Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Thruxton and Oulton Park plus one-off visits to Snetterton in East Anglia, Knockhill in Scotland and Croft in the North East of England. As in recent years, all venues will feature two individual rounds of the thrilling Auto Trader Championship. The reinstatement of two events -- four races -- at Oulton Park in Cheshire brings the series back to its previous status as a 26-round championship -- a total which this year dropped to 24 rounds when two races were scratched from the British Grand Prix bill. As this year, BBC Television's Grandstand will follow the entire Auto Trader Championship with six races screened live. These dates are currently being finalised and they will be announced at a later date. "As befits Britain's top title race, we are again taking the Auto Trader Championship to all of Britain's major race tracks. Oulton Park has always proved one of the most popular and exciting venues on the calendar, often attracting more than 35,000 fans, so we are delighted to be reinstating two different dates at that circuit in 1998," says TOCA chief executive Alan Gow. 1998 AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 12/13 April* Donington Park (GP circuit) 25/26 April Silverstone (International circuit) 3/4 May* Thruxton 16/17 May Brands Hatch (Indy circuit) 24/25 May* Oulton Park (Fosters circuit) 13/14 June Donington Park (National circuit) 27/28 June Croft 25/26 July Snetterton 1/2 August Thruxton 15/16 August Knockhill 30/31 August* Brands Hatch (Indy circuit) 12/13 September Oulton Park (Fosters circuit) 26/27 September Silverstone (International circuit) 17/18 October Donington Park Tourist Trophy** * Denotes Bank Holiday ** Tourist Trophy, non-championship event All events feature two races at each venue -- www.btcc.co.uk

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